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Major League Baseball has pulled its All-Star Game from Atlanta, but the PGA Tour says it will not move its Tour Championship later this year from Georgia based on the state’s new voting law.
With The Masters slated to be played this week in Augusta, the PGA Tour announced the Tour Championship – the season’s final FedEx Cup playoff event — will be held at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta in the first week of September due to financial commitments to local businesses and charities.
“The Tour Championship’s commitment to East Lake has helped our partners transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and thriving ones, which is a key to ending the cycle of intergenerational poverty,” the PGA Tour said Saturday in a statement. “The charitable and economic benefits that have led to these substantial changes would not continue if we simply walked away from those in need.”
The statement added that the Tour’s decision “should not be construed as indifference to the current conversation around voting rights.” MLB announced Friday it is moving the Midsummer Classic from Atlanta due to changes in the state’s voting laws.
“The PGA Tour fully supports efforts to protect the right of all Americans to vote and to eliminate any barriers that may prevent citizens’ voices from being heard and counted,” the statement continued. “It is the foundation of our great country and a critical national priority to listen to the concerns about voter suppression — especially from communities of color that have been marginalized in the past — and work together to make voting easier for all citizens.”
PGA of America, which runs the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship that is scheduled to be played in Atlanta in June, released a similar statement Saturday.
“The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is a partnership between three organizations committed to diversity, equity and inclusion: PGA of America, LPGA and KPMG,” the statement read. “Like many entities, we are monitoring developments related to the new state legislation on voting access. We believe elections should be accessible, fair and secure, and support broad voter participation.”
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